RMIT isn't just a place on a map; it’s part of Melbourne’s community. All three of our campuses are in easy reach of everything the city and its surrounds has to offer.
Melbourne is the world’s most liveable city. This page lists places to eat, drink and explore around our campuses, plus some essential services such as markets and shopping centres.
Eat and drink
- Duck into a laneway café or just enjoy the ever-expanding choice of restaurants and hidden bars.
- Find an oasis of yum cha, dumplings, noodles and signature dishes in Chinatown (Little Bourke Street) and Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Japanese and Korean food near Swanston Street.
- Some favourite city bars and pubs near the city campus include: Rooftop Bar, Captain Melville, The Oxford Scholar, Shebeen, Section 8, The Carlton Hotel and Workshop.
Markets and shopping
- Queen Victoria Market: pick up fresh produce, organic food, treats and cheap eats
- Supermarkets and major retailers such as Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Big W and Target are within walking distance from the Melbourne city campus.
- Major shopping centres include Melbourne Central, QV, Emporium Melbourne, Swanston Street or Bourke Street Mall. Centre Place and Degraves Street feature independent design retailers, homewares, clothing and accessories.
Arts and culture
- Melbourne is home to more than 100 commercial and public art galleries, museums and theatres. Discover inspiring street art, international exhibitions and artist-run galleries.
- Visit Federation Square, home to the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, which houses Australian art and design.
- Explore the National Gallery of Victoria's International collection on St Kilda Road.
- The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, also at Federation Square, explores the world of film, television, animation and digital media.
- Explore Australian history and discover Melbourne’s story at the Melbourne Museum.
- The State Library of Victoria is state’s oldest free public library in Australia. Use the library’s free wireless internet or study in the heritage domed reading room.
Melbourne has an ever-changing number of live music, film and theatre venues and events.
- Live music venues and events are plentiful and dynamic. Full details appear in free street papers Beat and Inpress, weekly lift-outs in The Age and community radio gig guides.
- Cinema: Spend summer nights watching your favourite films on rooftops, in the Botanical Gardens, or escape to independent cinemas and multiplexes.
Leisure, fitness and outdoors
- Some of Melbourne's finest parks, gardens and recreational facilities are within easy reach of each campus.
- Swim at the Melbourne City Baths or cycle one of the city’s dedicated bicycle paths.
- Melbourne Zoo showcases Australian and international wildlife in award-winning enclosures.
Things to do in the city centre
- Hang out with friends on the State Library lawns and soak up the sun and enjoy the buskers, or get some study done in the magnificent 100-year-old Reading Room.
- Check out some of Melbourne’s delicious and plentiful cheap eats and fill up on all kinds of multicultural treats.
- Wander down the laneways surrounding RMIT in pursuit of the perfect coffee and your favourite street art.
Things to do around Brunswick
- Sydney Road is packed with vibrant multicultural shops and is one the best locations to sample authentic Italian, Greek and Lebanese treats.
- Explore Brunswick’s pubs: beer gardens, live music and good pub food feature heavily. Some favourites include The Cornish Arms, The Retreat Hotel and The Brunswick Green.
- Brunswick is a bargain hunter’s paradise. Go thrift shopping and rummage for second-hand or retro clothing and vintage homeware bargains.
Things to do around Bundoora
- Bundoora Park offers extensive public parklands, barbeque and picnic facilities, a golf course, wetlands and a scenic drive to Mt Cooper, which offers views of the city.
- Do some shopping and grab a bite to eat at University Hill. You can also find fashionable bargains at the Uni Hill Factory Outlets.
- Visit the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre to see historical and contemporary art by local artists.